That’s the thing, I guess. I never knew I COULDN’T run the newer releases of HQP because i never tried. Never was prompted to update, so I never thought to update. I’m running 4.3, which has worked just fine forever. (Truth be told, I’m not a processor-heavy DSD user. I upsample PCM to 192, and that’s it.)
Plus, I never had the skipping issues I’m learning that others had, so never had to investigate that. (Only found out about those by reading the announcement.)
To pcm 192 almost any cpu will do. If I were you, would go with a low cost, low power nuc, and run ubuntu + hqplayer desktop on it. Your current license will be sufficient, and it should be hassle free.
Happy i was able to update my OS to run HQP 4.17, but perhaps even happier that I set Roon to not allow automatic updates.
Over on the roon forum there’s all kinds of uproar and outcry about this new update, that it’s completely broken for many users. Seems to be a common issue with many updates. I wonder if roon needs to limit the many platforms it supports, to have a bit more control over the end user experience.